The Tesla Cybertruck’s reign as the king of electric pickup trucks may be in jeopardy before it even gets started. Stepping up to challenge is the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, a truck that blends the tough looks of the infamous Hummer with an emission-free battery-electric powertrain.
While neither truck is currently available for purchase, both are expected to arrive in 2021. Admittedly, production hitches could push one or both trucks’ due dates into 2022 or later. In other words, there’s plenty of time to decide if you’re a member of the Cybertruck or Hummer EV bandwagon. But if you’re itching to pick a side in the battle of the butch electric trucks, we have you covered. Read on for insight into how the trucks’ known specs stack up, and check back often, as we’ll keep this page updated as we learn more.
GMC Hummer vs. Cybertruck: Performance
The days of slow trucks are over, because both of these EVs are ridiculously quick. Tesla estimates the Cybertruck will sprint from zero to 60 mph in as little as 2.9 seconds. That’s the figure for the tri-motor, all-wheel-drive model. Dual- and single-motor models need less than 4.5 and 6.5 seconds, respectively, to hit the same mark, according to Tesla.
Although its powertrain details are still under wraps, the Hummer EV will offer 1,000 horsepower from its electric motors (we’re presuming multiple motors will be used to reach that figure). That’s enough grunt to get the truck to the mile-a-minute mark in 3.0 seconds flat, per GMC. That’s not quite as quick as the quickest Cybertruck, but it’s still plenty quick for most truck buyers.
GMC Hummer vs. Cybertruck: Design
Love it or hate it, the Cybertruck certainly has presence. With its stainless-steel body panels and wedge shape, the Cybertruck looks like no other pickup truck sold today. We don’t expect many changes to its look as it moves toward production, which means you’ll certainly stand out anywhere on earth, or any planet for that matter. This is likely to be the single most important deciding factor for those who decide to purchase—or shun—the Tesla.
Expect the GMC Hummer EV to capitalize on the blocky styling of its H1, H2, and H3 forebears. Still, we anticipate this truck’s design will turn heads thanks to its impressive width, upright shape, and full-width LED lighting. We only have one image of the truck as of this writing, but it’s clear GM is going to play up the Hummer branding, as the GMC name has been relegated to a small badge in the lower corner.
GMC Hummer vs. Cybertruck: Range
Tesla claims the lowly, single-motor Cybertruck will travel more than 250 miles on a charge. Opt for the triple-motor setup and Tesla claims the truck manages more than 500 miles of driving range before running out of juice.
While driving range estimates for the GMC Hummer EV are unavailable, at least 250 miles before needing a charge is a must to ensure it’s competitive not only with the Cybertruck, but electric pickups from Ford and Rivian.
GMC Hummer vs. Cybertruck: Towing and Payload
Thanks to the plentiful torque of their electric motors, both the Cybertruck and Hummer EV ought to have no trouble towing or hauling hefty loads. Tesla reports a towing capacity of more than 14,000 pounds for the tri-motor Cybertruck. GMC’s still mum on towing details for the Hummer EV, but we’re sure the model will live up the parent brand’s Professional Grade motto.
GMC Hummer vs. Cybertruck: Off-Road Capability
If the GMC Hummer EV isn’t especially capable off-road, then General Motors’ execs might as well pack up their offices and go home. While we anticipate the Hummer EV will offer superior off-road performance to the Cybertruck, we still expect the Tesla to hold its own off the beaten path. Knobby tires, plentiful torque from the electric powertrain, and strong stainless-steel body panels ought to make for a machine capable of tackling the rough stuff while also taking a beating.
GMC Hummer vs. Cybertruck: Price
With its base price of $39,900, the Tesla Cybertruck looks to put mainstream trucks like the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in its crosshairs. Of course, that’s for the single motor model. Opt for dual- or tri-motors and the prices rise to $49,900 and $69,900. No matter the motor count, Tesla charges $7,000 for the Full-Self Driving option. The package allows the truck to complete some driving tasks with minimal driver interaction. In other words, unless Tesla achieves a major technological breakthrough, the Cybertruck’s inappropriately named Full-Self Driving option still requires the driver to remain attentive while behind the wheel.
Pricing for the GMC Hummer EV remains undisclosed, but the Cybertruck’s price will undoubtedly force GM to keep its sticker price competitive.
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